Amazon Testing Product Listing Ads in Walmart-Dominated Toy Category

A few weeks back AdGooroo examined Amazon’s recent foray into product listing ads on U.S. Google and found the online retailer appeared to be conducting a limited test of PLAs, which started on December 25 and was focused on home goods products. We’re returning to this subject today as we have found Amazon also competing on PLAs in the toy category.

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Amazon Tests Product Listing Ads in the U.S.

Although AdGooroo data shows that online retail giant Amazon has been a major sponsor of Google product listing ads in France, Italy and Spain since 2014, Amazon has always abstained from advertising on Google PLAs in the United States. That is, until the last week of December when Amazon initiated what appears to be a limited test of product listing ads on U.S. Google.

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Retail Leaders in Holiday Paid Search Advertising 2016

On December 2, AdGooroo examined leadership in paid search advertising performance over the 2016 Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. As part of our parent company Kantar Media’s Winter Holiday Advertising Trends report, today we expand upon our previous research by examining U.S. Google desktop text ad and product listing ad click share from November 21 through December 11, 2016 on the same 2500 popular retail product keywords that we previously analyzed from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

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Top Paid Search Advertisers, Black Friday-Cyber Monday 2016

Today AdGooroo parent company Kantar Media released a report on Winter Holiday Advertising Trends, for which AdGooroo contributed research assessing leadership in paid search advertising performance over the 2016 Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. The following contains expanded insights on our Black Friday-Cyber Monday 2016 research.

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Product Listing Ads vs. Text Ads During the Holiday Season

Since their debut in the spring of 2012, Google’s product listing ads, a.k.a. Google Shopping Campaigns, have become a vital component of paid search advertising for the retail industry. To provide insight into the role of PLAs in the paid search advertising landscape during the holiday season, we compared U.S. Google desktop PLA and Text Ad activity on the top 2500 retail keywords (based on paid search ad spend) in Q4 2015.

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Top Halloween Costumes of 2016 by Paid Search Ad Spend

It’s October and time once again for AdGooroo’s annual look at the top Halloween costumes of the season.

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Xbox, Nintendo & Lego Top Most Clicked Toys in Paid Search

If Paid Search clicks are any indication, a handful of toy brands will dominate this holiday season, including Xbox, Nintendo and Lego.

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Top Paid Search Advertisers, Black Friday to Cyber Monday 2015

To assess the leaders in Paid Search advertising performance over the extended Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, AdGooroo examined U.S. Google Desktop/Tablet activity on three separate keyword groups from November 27-30

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Who Will Rule Black Friday in Paid Search Advertising?

With Black Friday a little more than a week away, AdGooroo examined Paid Search activity in the retail category over the past month with an eye toward anticipating who will be on top over this key holiday shopping weekend.  

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Jet.com Captures 19.4% of Product Listing Ad Clicks for Halloween Costumes

Costume retailers may have something to be scared about this Halloween, and it’s called Jet.com.

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Amazon Dominated UK Paid Search in 2016